Half marathon quest speeds up

By Mark Elson in Athletics

DAVID PRICE, foun­der of Lydney parkrun, is a quarter of the way through his challenge to run 12 half marathons in 2017, to raise money for the British Heart Foundation and has already achieved two personal bests.

He told the Review: “I would like to thank all those who have supported me so far in this challenge. My legs and knees are aching, but there is still a long way to go. So far I have received nearly £200 of sponsorship money which is amazing.

“I knocked nine minutes off my personal best at the Portsmouth Coastal half marathon on February 12 with a finishing time of two hours and 44 seconds.

“I then achieved a new personal best when I completed the Newport half marathon last weekend in one hour and 59 minutes. The weather was dry and the course took runners out of the town centre past the iconic Transporter Bridge, and up through the lowlands around Caerleon before heading back into the City to enjoy the views either side of the River Usk.  It was great to have other runners around me who I knew who had come from Forest of Dean Athletics Club, and Lydney parkrun. 

“Portsmouth Coastal half marathon was bitterly cold. The route was spectacular though with views across the Solent and towards Hayling Island.”

The next couple of months will take David to Bournemouth Bay to run along the promenade, to the Shakespeare half marathon, which starts and finishes in Stratford-upon-Avon, and to Market Harborough running festival.

To sponsor David, visit www.justgiving.com/

fundraising/1year12halfs

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